Performing artist Kid Cudi recently spoke publicly about his struggles with depression. A PHS 795 student points us to an article that examines the role of multiple determinants on the mental health of Black men. They write:
I Know What It’s Like to Be a Black Man Living With Depression
When Kid Cudi spoke out about his mental health this week, he paved the way for black men everywhere.
I think this article encompasses numerous concepts that we have been discussing in lecture over the past couple of weeks: stress accumulation and the allostatic load, community support and social networks, and how cultural beliefs influence health. It touches on the importance of starting healthful behaviors and mindsets in childhood as well as the powerful position that social media can hold in our modern society as a potentially beneficial addition to the environment that shapes our health.